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What does Ilja mean?

Ilja Pronunciation of Ilja [il-ja] as a boys' name has the meaning "Jehovah is God". Ilja is a variant form of Elias (Greek, Hebrew).


14 related forms via Elias: Eelia, Eli, Elia, Elie, Elis, Eljasz, Elli, Elyas, Ilia, Ilie, Ilija, Ilya, Ilyaas and Ilyas.

Creative forms:
(male) Ilin, Isija, ..

(female) Ilin, Ilita, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ilja Chester (I.C.), ..

How popular is Ilja?

Ilja is an unusual given name for men. Ilja is an equivalently uncommon surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Ilja (unlisted) rated in the Top 2000 are Eli (#53 via latest list), Elias (#100), Elie, Elis, Elyas and Ilyas (#1774). These relations of Ilja were popular less than a decade ago (median #1288) and have remained as popular to this day (#1321, 3.7%). Eli and Elias are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elyas, Ilyas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elis outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ilja is alike in pronunciation to Algy and Eljah. Other suggested similar names are Elija, Ilan, Ilar, Ilias, Illya, Ilon, Ira, Isa, Isia and Raja. These names tend to be more frequently used than Ilja.

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